Schererville police arrested eight people Tuesday when they raided this residence in the 1200 block of Kennedy Avenue. | Provided
Updated: April 6, 2014 6:31AM
SCHERERVILLE — A quiet subdivision awoke Tuesday to a visit by the Schererville Police Special Task Force and Northwest Regional SWAT Team; eight people were arrested and are facing charges.
The agencies executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the 1200 block of Kennedy Avenue as the result of a three-month investigation, Schererville Detective Cpl. Jeff Cook said. The departments were acting on an anonymous tip Schererville received three months ago.
The agencies set up surveillance in the area, but it wasn’t until January that they developed the leads needed for Tuesday’s raid, Cook said.
When they arrived, officers found eight people in the home — two of whom live at the residence. One of the residents, Mitchell Haddad, 21, was been released Tuesday on $1,000 bond but faces other charges, Cook said.
Police confiscated $7,116 in cash, 2 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, miscellaneous prescription pills and drug paraphernalia.
Haddad was charged with two counts of dealing marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor, and one misdemeanor count of visiting a common nuisance. A second resident at the home, Shain Aures, 24, has been charged with one count of maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony, and is facing other charges as well, Cook said.
A third suspect, Benjamin Weber, 22, of Memphis, Tenn., was arrested on three outstanding Schererville Town Court warrants for failure to appear on charges of conversion, marijuana possession and criminal mischief. Additional charges are pending, Cook said.
Five other individuals were released pending the filing of formal charges, police said.